From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy - The Path to a National Trade Infrastructure Plan
17 January 2023
Previous short-term approaches that defaulted to shovel ready as a driver of funding for trade infrastructure in Canada have contributed to concerns with the national supply chain because the term infers inadequate consideration of longer-term benefits that prioritize lasting improvements to trade corridor competitiveness. [...] The country needs to follow the successful path taken by its competitors and lay the foundations, structures and institutions to replace uncoordinated shovel ready decisions with a shovel worthy national plan as the default framework to guide infrastructure decision making. [...] The path to returning to the top ten of global trade infrastructure rankings and restoring the confidence of foreign customers requires that, instead of “shovel ready,” Canada institutionalize an ongoing intelligence-based national plan for its trade corridor infrastructure. [...] From Shovel Ready to Shovel Worthy Executive Summary The building blocks for Canada’s first national plan for trade corridor infrastructure 01 Define Canada’s national trade corridor network to put all levels of government and industry on the same page. [...] As important as trade infrastructure was for the well-being of Canadians pre-COVID, it has become more so as the country looks to emerge from the supply chain shadow of the pandemic.